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Ohio woman who ran brothel avoids prison

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 60-year-old woman accused of running a brothel in a northeast Ohio suburb will avoid prison.

Susan Sackela was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation after pleading guilty in October to two counts of pandering obscenity.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator ( reports that she initially was charged with promoting prostitution, but prosecutors offered the plea deal because of possible issues at trial.

She was charged in September 2011 with running a brothel out of a home in the Youngstown suburb of Austintown.

That came after an 18-month investigation that started with complaints from neighbors. A search of the home found a fully stocked bar and a room with a dancer's pole.

Sackela apologized in court Thursday. She'll also have to pay $30,000 to cover the costs of the investigation.

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